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Leitrim County Council Publishes 2021 Arts Programme Deadlines and Funding Opportunities

Leitrim County Council Arts Office has published application details and closing dates for a number of funding programmes that artists and arts organisations can apply for this year. The Arts Office has also published details of other programmes where community groups, youth groups, businesses, schools etc. can become involved in creative projects.

Details and links to all opportunities are below.


ProgrammeEligibilityClosing DateStatus
Arts Festivals - Call for Expressions of interestFestival & Event OrganisersFriday 5th MarchClosed for 2021
Creative Ireland Open Call -Call 1Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 5th MarchClosed for 2021
Artists Collaboration SchemeArtists (Leitrim)Friday 26th MarchClosed for 2021
Artists Mentoring ProgrammeArtists (Leitrim/Creative Frame)Friday 26th MarchClosed for 2021
Small Sparks - Call for CompaniesLeitrim BusinessesFriday 26th MarchClosed for 2021
Artist in Schools - Call for SchoolsPrimary SchoolsFriday 26th MarchClosed for 2021
Cruinniu na nOg (12th June)-Call for applicationsYouth, Community or Arts GroupsFriday 23rd AprilClosed for 2021
Creative Ireland Co-Support SchemeArtists (Leitrim)Friday 23rd AprilClosed for 2021
Creative Ireland Tech Support ProgrammeTech Hubs/ArtistsFriday 23rd AprilClosed for 2021
Small Sparks - Call for artistsArtists (Local/National/International)Friday 28th MayClosed for 2021
International Arts ProjectsArtists (Leitrim)Friday 13th AugustOpen - Extended
Creative Ireland Open Call -Call 2Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 23rd JulyOpen
John McGahern AwardWriters (National)Friday 23rd JulyOpen
Culture night - Call for ApplicationsCommunity Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresWed 28th JulyOpen
Platform 31Artists (Leitrim)to be confirmedNot open yet
Creative Ireland Internship ProgrammeCultural OrganisationsFriday 17th SeptNot open yet
Individual Artist Bursary ProgrammeArtists (Leitrim)Friday 19th NovNot open yet



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Creative Ireland Open Call 2 – 2021 –

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Friday 23rd July

A central theme of Creative Ireland is collaboration in order to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity and to nurture the creative imagination through active engagement with the arts and culture. Applications are now being accepted for the second round of funding for projects under the Creative Ireland Programme.

Who can apply?

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture and creativity area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa. The essential element is that the project provides the group members with the opportunity to express or explore their own creativity. We particularly welcome project proposals that involve groups that have had little or no previous involvement in creative projects for whatever reason; and in such cases we will endeavour to give whatever advice and assistance we can to ensure such projects can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.

First time applicants may decide to apply initially to research an idea for a project, rather than commit to a longer, more involved and complex process. In these instances, the Creative Ireland programme can cover the costs of doing that, particularly the costs of professional practitioners to work with groups.

If you have an idea for a project or need assistance or further information just to get started, please contact Alice Dixon, Creative Ireland Project Manager, on or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694.

Projects are primarily measured on the extent to which participants’ creative capacity is enhanced. Groups should be clear about who the beneficiaries are and how they are benefiting. Groups making further applications that build on previous ones should indicate how this project differs from or builds upon its predecessor. While one application may build on a previous one, each application should be considered as a distinct project with its own beginning, middle and end. The programme should not be considered as a means to fund ongoing or recurring programmes.

While there is no requirement for co-funding for first time applicants, returning applicants that are in receipt of core funding from any local or national government department or agency are required to provide for 50% of the project costs, 25% of which may be benefit in kind.

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Leitrim Arts Office seeks Health and Safety and Event Management Consultants

In March 2021, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media announced a €50m suite of COVID-19 measures to support the commercial live performance sector to assist producers, promoters and venues to provide support for people in the industry.  Of the €50m, an amount of €5m was for allocation to local authorities to support commercial live performance locally.

This Project is designed to support those working in the commercial arts and culture sectors by developing events that engage the services of local professional artists, musicians, technicians, producers and other professional practitioners involved in live performances.

Leitrim County Council wishes to establish a panel of Health & Safety and Event Management consultants to support the Council in its implementation of Local Live Performance Scheme 2021. The council will select consultants from this panel as required to provide the Council with independent expert advice in relation to events that form part of the programme.


Panellists should have extensive experience of Health & Safety legislation and implementation, event management planning, production management and be familiar with current government guidelines and compliance requirements as regards Covid-19.


To be considered for inclusion on the panel, please submit a CV detailing your experience and qualifications and your hourly and daily contractual rates.

Applications can be made to or for further information contact Siobhan O’Malley, Project Manager on



Creative Heartlands

Since 2015 Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon County Councils have worked together to support the development of filmmakers and facilitate filmmaking in the region. This gave rise to the SLR film project and together with the three Local Enterprise Offices we recently developed the Enterprise Ireland funded Creative Heartlands project. Screen and Film work in this context includes film, television, animation, fine art film, experimental, community film, education, commercial et al.

At the outset of the Creative Heartlands project, we are now looking to conduct a survey with the region’s screen and film community to get a snapshot of the current work, operations, plans and needs.

The survey is open until Monday 28th June and can be accessed here -

Please share the survey with anyone involved in film in the region as it is vital that the programme is shaped around the current needs of those working in the sector here. For further information contact


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